Hyde Park and Victorian Fairmount, Boston

Hyde Park, Massachusetts

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On a hillside overlooking the Neponset River lies a little Victorian time capsule amid more modern structures—that part of Hyde Park known as Fairmount. This walk will take you up and down Fairmount’s steep streets on a trip back in time past stunning and fascinating structures. This remote location meant that Fairmount was somewhat of a late bloomer among Boston neighborhoods and is why it peaked in the Victorian period. The pivotal event in Fairmount’s development was the 1856 arrival of a group known as the Twenty Associates. These businessmen came to town soon after the railroads did and built twenty Italianate-style houses on Fairmount Avenue. The elegant homes sparked dramatic growth. Within short order, streetcar lines had been extended to Hyde Park, and an impressive number of fine residential, commercial, public, and church buildings had been erected. Hyde Park remained an independent town until 1912, when its residents voted to join Boston. As this walk will reveal to you, the Fairmount neighborhood retains several of its original twenty homes and, with them, its own unique identity. It is an enclave of Victoriana on its hillside overlooking the Neponset.
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by Robert Sloane (editor) of WalkBoston (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

On a hillside overlooking the Neponset River lies a little Victorian time capsule amid more modern structures—that part of Hyde Park known as Fairmount. This walk will take you up and down Fairmount’s steep streets on a trip back in time past stunning and fascinating structures. This remote location meant that Fairmount was somewhat of a late bloomer among Boston neighborhoods and is why it peaked in the Victorian period. The pivotal event in Fairmount’s development was the 1856 arrival of a group known as the Twenty Associates. These businessmen came to town soon after the railroads did and built twenty Italianate-style houses on Fairmount Avenue. The elegant homes sparked dramatic growth.

Within short order, streetcar lines had been extended to Hyde Park, and an impressive number of fine residential, commercial, public, and church buildings had been erected. Hyde Park remained an independent town until 1912, when its residents voted to join Boston. As this walk will reveal to you, the Fairmount neighborhood retains several of its original twenty homes and, with them, its own unique identity. It is an enclave of Victoriana on its hillside overlooking the Neponset.

©  Robert Sloane (editor) of WalkBoston/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Hyde Park
Distance: 2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Driving Directions: Directions to Hyde Park and Victorian Fairmount, Boston

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